Inside Family Pujas
Food  /  Published 30.09.22

Feastival fare: Food offered to the goddess at ‘bonedi baris’

Here’s how Khichudi, Mishti Pulao, Lau Chingri and Malpua are cooked for bhog at these family pujas...
By Barnini Maitra Chakraborty

Places  /  Published 30.09.22

Durga Puja of Kalanpur — 200 years and counting

A legacy of living the happiness of getting together...

Places  /  Published 29.09.22

The Roys’ 350-year-old Durga Puja in Dhulian has animal sacrifice, paints Durga in orange

The family also sets an example in communal harmony by letting Muslim villagers participate in the immersion process...
By Somen Sengupta

People  /  Published 28.09.22

No ‘boli’ and fish for prasad: Beliaghata Bose family’s Puja promotes communal harmony

The puja that started in 1880, allows married, unmarried and even widows to participate in all the rituals...
By Somen Sengupta

People  /  Published 26.09.22

Inside the unique 182-year-old Durga Puja of the Punjabi Handa family of Burdwan

The Handas of Ukhra have roots in Punjab but have worshipped Durga the quintessentially Bengali way for centuries...
By Somen Sengupta


People  /  Published 24.09.22

Worshipping Goddess Durga as ‘Shakti’ at the Sen family’s Bowbazar puja

Started nearly a century ago at their mansion off Amherst Street, the Sen family puja has rules for new couples and no ‘sindoor khela’...
By Somen Sengupta

People  /  Published 20.09.22

Women remain in the forefront at Tollygunge Chatterjee family’s 95-year-old Durga Puja

While the rituals are ancient, the family gives full liberty to its daughters, daughters-in-law, even widows, to organise and participate...
By Somen Sengupta in Calcutta

People  /  Published 19.09.22

The Durga Puja of Baksa’s Mitra family features unique and ancient rituals

From animal sacrifice to sowing seeds, the Mitra family adheres to Shakta rituals, as per the Kalika Puran, for their Durga Puja...
By Amitabha Gupta

People  /  Published 18.09.22

The 220-year-old Durga Puja of Howrah Ghosh Bari

The history of this puja at Noongola Ghat is also the story of a young man branching off and making his own fortune...
By Amitabha Gupta

People  /  Published 17.09.22

The Durga Puja of the Chongdar family of Burdwan’s Guskara

The puja, which present family members believe to be some 400-years old, has some unconventional rituals within a traditional setup...
By Amitabha Gupta


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